My sketchbooks tend to be filled with drawings of flowers and my camera is filled with photographs of flowers at this time of year so it's no surprise that my stitch play has been just a little inspired by flowers too.
These woven roses are some of the simplest and most satisfying stitching I have done recently. I love the way you can play with them. You can use one colour or an array of colours. You can use two strands or all six strands. Your base stitches can be simple long straight stitches like spokes or detached chain stitches to create leaves underneath the flowers.
Best of all they are so very simple to stitch, in fact really they are woven.
For this little rose lavender bag I used
Robert Kauffman essex linen in natural (use doubled if you are worried about knots showing through)
a number 7 crewel needle (or larger, ie a lower number)
a 3" wooden hoop
DMC stranded cotton in
DMC 760, DMC 761 and DMC 502
Begin by drawing a circle about 2.5cm (1") diameter using a removable pen and segment it with 5 lines roughly equal distance apart as above. Now you take 3 strands of DMC 502 and create 5 large detached chain stitches from the centre out to the edge as above.
this is the base of your flower. You could use straight stitches if you prefer but I like the leaf effect of the detached chain stitches.
Now you are going to weave your rose.
now take 6 strands of DMC 760, and bring it up through the fabric very close to the centre just to the left of the top leaf as shown above. (I tied a knot at the back as there won't really be anything to anchor the back to).
And now the fun part you simply weave the thread over and under the leaves in a circle pulling it into the centre as you go. You don't go through the fabric, you are simply weaving over and under your green leaves.
You just keep going round until you are happy with the centre of the flower. You can push your stitches closer to the centre to stop the green showing through as you go.
When you want to change colour just go down through your fabric with the needle just after an under stitch and tie a knot to fasten it in place. Then come up with the new colour just after the under stitch and continue in the same way
Keep going until just the tips of the leaves are left showing. Take your needle down through the fabric and tie the thread off.
Then make lots more
You can experiment with size of circle, number of spokes, colours and thread tension for different effects. You could use different numbers of threads, perhaps even doubling the six strands over so you are working with 12 strands.
you can also experiment with using straight stitches for the base and wrapping the flower thread around each strand as you go. For the purple flower I wrapped the thread around each spoke instead of weaving over and under.
Next week we are off to WOMAD for a few days of dancing, music and (fingers crossed after last year) sunshine so the lilipopo shop will be closed from Thursday to Monday evening and there will be no blog post.
I hope you have a lovely week filling scraps of fabric with woven roses.